What is the Citizens Utility Board and Comparison?
The Illinois General Assembly created CUB in 1983 making it a non-profit and nonpartisan organization with their objective being to represent the interests of residential Illinois electric and gas utility customers across the state.
The statute allows the CUB to intervene in electricity rate making legislation and rulings before the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) courts and public quarums.
The Citizens Utility Board then offers the changes and information they have made or received regarding Illinois electricity rates and companies to Illinois electric rate payers.
The claim is that since 1983 over $10 billion dollars has been saved by the CUB blocking rate hikes and assisting in getting electric and gas customers refunds.
Now the Citizens Utility Board puts out a comparison of electric rates for Illinois electric rate consumers to see a clear apples to apples comparison.
Some of the alternate residential electricity companies in the Com-Ed electric utility area are: BlueStar, Champion, Constellation, Direct and Spark.
If you choose an alternate electriciy provider in Illinois you will see charges from this provider under the heading on your bill labeled: “Electricity Supply Services”
The Com-Ed portion of your electric bill will say “Delivery Services.”
Although you can lock in and have a fixed electricity rate price with companies like BlueStar and rest confident in price assurity Com-Ed can still raise their portion of the price.
Com-Ed only handles the poles and wires charges aspect on your bill once you switch to a competing Illinois electricity company and that is why you see the seperation on your bill showing both “Electricity Supply Services” and “Delivery Services.”
Citizens Utility Board in Illinois continues to give detailed descriptions on each alternate electric supplier in Illinois competing with Com-Ed as well as fight for consumers by blocking rate hike requests by Com-Ed.
We have pointed out BlueStar Energy as a potential choice when picking a residential electric company in Illinois but Champion Energy and Spark Energy are also very good choices compared against Com-Ed.
If you would like to get information in comparing commercial electric rates in Illinois and using a reverse auction to lower the price please call usat 1-800-971-4020.